NEWS | March 16, 2016

U.S. News & World Report names UC Davis School of Nursing among nation's top graduate schools


U.S. News & World Report names the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis among the nation’s best for master’s-degree nursing programs in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools.

U.S. News Best Graduate School for nursing master's degree 2017The publication ranks the UC Davis School of Nursing’s master’s-degree programs as 58th, tied with nine other programs. UC Davis conferred the first Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Master of Science — Leadership Degrees in 2012. The inaugural class of Master of Science — Nurse Practitioner Degree graduates completed study in June 2015.

“We are honored that U.S. News and World Report recognizes our commitment to innovative nursing programs that prepare health care leaders for evolving health systems,” said Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing at UC Davis and founding Dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. “We are a young school with many years of growth ahead. That our faculty and programs earn high regard from peer institutions speaks volumes to our mission to transform health care through nursing education, leadership and research.”

The master’s-degree leadership and master’s degree nurse practitioner programs are two of five programs led by the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group, an interprofessional team of more than 55 faculty members from disciplines including nursing, medicine, health informatics, nutrition, biostatistics, pharmacy, sociology and public health. This summer, the School of Nursing welcomes the inaugural class of Master’s Entry Program in Nursing students, marking the first time UC Davis prepares new nurses.

Programs at the 519 nursing schools with master’s or doctoral programs accredited in late summer 2015 by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing were surveyed; 259 responded and were eligible to be included in the rankings. The rankings are based on a weighted average of 14 indicators, including a quality assessment by nursing school deans, student selectivity and achievement, faculty resources, research activity and overall rank.

Graduates of the master’s-degree leadership and nurse practitioner programs are prepared for academic, clinical and leadership positions. Alumni are serving as primary-care providers in rural communities, leading in a variety of health care positions across the region and serving as faculty at the community-college level.

“Currently with 148 students — fewer than half of full capacity expected by 2022 — we recognize the incredible opportunities before us to impact the health of people, families and communities,” Young said. “We remain focused on growing this program, preparing future health leaders and developing solutions that transform health care and health systems for generations to come.”

The rankings appear in the April 5 edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine.

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